Week of January 25th

Curriculum Matters
Reading – This week our class will continue reading Who Was John F. Kennedy? by Yona Zeldis McDonough for our Biography unit. Students will continue to build their deep conversations in their reading groups. We will pay attention to questioning, main idea, important details, and context clues.
We will also continue working on Reader’s Theater plays in class based on several historical figures. Students will work in groups to practice these plays. This work focuses on fluency, expression and allows students an opportunity to practice really projecting their voice so the audience can hear them.

Writing – Our class will work on our Biography writing unit this month. This week some students may continue organizing their research. We will work on note taking- students will pay close attention to putting notes into their own words. Students should be gathering information for their body paragraphs on: 1.birth/early life/childhood, 2. adulthood/death and 3. major accomplishments/why is this person famous or well known.
After the notes are organized we will begin discussing what a strong introduction paragraph looks like for a biography. We will focus on capturing the reader’s attention as well as briefly introducing the person.

Math – This week we will continue working on chapter 13: Customary Length. This chapter focuses on measurement using inches, feet, yards and miles.

Social Studies – We will continue Unit 2: New York City Over Time focusing on lesson four: Technology and Change. Important vocabulary: technology, elevator and skyscraper.

Science – Students will continue Unit 2: Forces and Motion. We will focus on Chapter 3: Motion. Important vocabulary: motion, speed, force, gravity, friction

Habits of Mind- Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
“Remind students to avoid the vagueness and abstraction — and imprecision — of terms like always, never, all, everybody, teachers, celebrities, technology, they, we, should and must. Post these kinds of words or phrases where students can be reminded of them — and know to avoid them. And hopefully know why they should avoid them.”

Spelling Words
1. melody
2. tonette
3. trumpet
4. flute
5. clarinet
6. trombone
7. saxophone
8. conductor
9. musical
10. rhythm
11. instruments
12. baritone
13. percussion
14. cymbal
15. French horn

Important Dates!

· Thursday February 4th- Charlotte’s Web performance [trip slip to come] · Monday February 8th- No School: Chinese New Year
· Monday February 15-19th- No School: Winter Recess

· Please review your child’s progress report and send a signed copy back to school when you are finished looking it over.

· If your child is absent please email me or call the school to let us know.

· Our design residency with Ms. Dekoning has ended. Now students have a double period of Art with Ms. Beaury on Thursdays!